Family-Owned Facility in WestlakeInspires New Living Arrangement for Washington Spirit Soccer Players
The Belvedere of Westlake/Josh Faiola Story has propelled the intergenerational living movement to the national stage by inspiring a suburban Washington D.C. retirement community to house two Washington Spirit soccer players.
Olympic Bronze Medalist Diane Matheson and teammate Robyn Gayle recently moved into an 1800-square foot suite at Ingleside at King Farm retirement community after Steve Gurney, seniors’ advocate, blogger and publisher of “Sourcebook: Guide to Retirement Living”, pitched the idea to Ingleside’s executive director by showing her the ESPN feature on Lake Erie Crushers championship pitcher Josh Faiola & The Belvedere of Westlake…. And she was hooked.
Gurney then invited The Belvedere’s Owner/Operator Cindy Griffiths- Novak and Josh Faiola to be keynote speakers at his organization’s annual “Big Event for Senior-Serving Professionals” on April 18th. Their message of bridging the generations by finding common ground between seniors and young people through baseball resonated with the 300 health care professionals gathered at Washington Nationals Stadium for the networking and education luncheon. Matheson and Gayle also attended “The Big Event”, sharing how much their lives have already been enriched through their daily interactions with their new neighbors.
With three other Westlake-area senior care facilities already hosting players, and now Ingleside in Washington DC, Griffiths-Novak is extremely encouraged. As the pioneer of the intergenerational living movement, it is her passionate belief that a bond can be created between young and old through baseball…or soccer…or any sport.
And, when the Lake Erie Crushers minor league baseball season kicks off on May 17th, their new Field Manager, Jeff Isom, will make his off-field home at The Belvedere of Westlake. Scoring another “first” in their industry, the family-owned facility becomes the first in the nation to house a field manager.
Isom, who was hired in January as the second manager in Crushers history, is looking forward to his unique living experience. “I’m an early riser, so I will enjoy interacting with my new neighbors over that first cup of coffee in the morning,” shared Isom. He was impressed with The Belvedere after his first visit shortly after being named manager.
The Belvedere will be hosting a “Meet and Greet” for Isom and the Crushers on May 14 from 6-7:30 PM, with the public welcomed to attend.
The Belvedere garnered national media attention in 2009 by becoming the first assisted living facility in the U.S. to serve as the summer home for a minor league baseball player, and has hosted a player every summer since. To learn more about Rae-Ann assisted living and skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers, visit www.rae-ann.net.